Birds of Chicago is a collective based around JT Nero and Allison Russell (Po’ Girl). Whether touring as a duo or with the full family band, Nero and Russell have emerged as two of the most compelling new voices in North American Roots music.
Nero’s fractured country-soul voice wrapped in Russell’s silver and gold tones is a fine thing. Not too perfect, not at all saccharine, you’ll hear echoes of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop, classic soul. Accompanied by just a banjo and a guitar, it’s chilling. Fired by a full band, it’s a full tilt revival.
Last time ‘Birds’ were in Belfast it was standing room only, this time at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival they played the Black Box. We sent our photographer Tremaine Gregg down to take some photos. Canadian songstress Jenn Grant supported.